Revelation Chapter 20
Satan Bound 1000 Years
(1) Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. (2) He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; (3) and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
The Saints Reign with Christ 1000 Years
(4) And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (5) But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. (6) Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Satanic Rebellion Crushed
(7) Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison (8) and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. (9) They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. (10) The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The Great White Throne Judgment
(11) Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. (12) And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. (13) The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. (14) Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.
Revelation Chapter 20 is one of the most exciting chapters in the Bible. The resurrection of all believers, Church Age, Old Testament, and Tribulation saints is complete. On the heels of the physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth, Satan is bound and cast into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years. The Saints reign with Jesus Christ for that 1,000 year period known as, “The Millenial Reign of Christ.” At the end of the 1,000 years, Satan is released to deceive and then gather all those who oppose Jesus Christ for a final battle. However, Satan and his followers are robbed of a battle, as Satan is cast into the lake of fire, and God destroys all of Satan’s followers (those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior) with fire from heaven. Then, the Great White Throne Judgment takes place. All sinners whose names are not written in the Book of Life; all those throughout all ages who rejected God and His Son, Jesus, stand before the throne of God and are judged according to their works. They are found guilty of sin (failing to meet God’s righteous standards). The penalty of sin, death, has now come due. Because this group of sinners rejected God’s gift of salvation, offered through His Sons crucifixion, vicarious death, and atoning blood upon Calvary’s cross, they have no recourse. They are cast into the lake of fire where anti-christ, the false prophet, and Satan are.
God would not have that any would perish, but that all would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9). The Bible says, “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). “If you declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” (Romans 10:9). Won’t you give your heart to Jesus today? He is ready to pardon, gracious and merciful! Jesus loves you!